This preserve protects one of the largest remaining stretches of Florida dry prairie, home to an array of endangered plants and animals. While driving the five-mile-long road into the park, visitors can enjoy sweeping vistas of grasslands reminiscent of the Great Plains of the Midwest. The park offers excellent seasonal birding opportunities and is home to the endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow, as well as the crested caracara and sandhill crane. Over 100 miles of dirt roads allow hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians to explore prairies, wetlands, and shady hammocks. Ranger-led prairie buggy tours take visitors to remote areas of the park. For overnight stays, the park has full-facility and primitive equestrian campgrounds. Kissimmee Prairie's remote location makes it one of Florida's premier locations for stargazing. Located 25 miles northwest of Okeechobee via U.S. 441 and County Road 724.

camping
9 months ago

Wife and I took the dog to the backcountry campsites and it was wonderful. Not too far from the parking lot. Had a really nice canopy to contrast the wide open sunbaked prairie. Dry when we went, but have heard that it floods easily and gators ARE present on the trail. Very different from the rest of Central Florida's scrub wilderness. Would definitely recommend! Visit https://youtu.be/cVW9Js3ijPA to see our short video from our trip.

camping
10 months ago

We camped at the Astronomy Site which was amazing. Never have I seen so many stars. We woke up the next morning around 8:30 and headed on the trail. The trail is not marked but easy to follow you just have to stay to the right hand at each Fork go to the right. We saw tons of birding while we were out there. We also saw a few Young deer on the trail. There's A Primitive campsite that if no one is there you can stop and have a snack and relax. It goes through two or three different hammocks and the Prairie portion of the hike reminded me of being in Africa for some reason. There's great scenery throughout the hike and the only downside is of course our Florida Sugar Sand towards the end of the hike but it wasn't too bad.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017